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May 15, 2019

MRA: Ryan Burke, Shannon Moham Star In Season-Opener At High Plains Raceway

Ryan Burke (1) at speed at High Plains Raceway. Photo by John Chadwick/WICKed Photos, courtesy of MRA.

Ryan Burke and Shannon Moham win MRA Race of the Rockies opener at High Plains Raceway

Byers, CO, May 15, 2019 – The Motorcycle Roadracing Association opened the 2019 season with a very well attended race weekend at High Plains Raceway. As has become customary, the eastern Colorado weather started off very cold and wet for Friday’s practice day – so much so that HPR management opted to start practice after lunch.

Fortunately, the weather improved for the race weekend with full schedules and grids for the rest of the event. The north course configuration was used this time, which features a slightly shortened back straightaway and a much faster entrance to the downhill turns of 9a, 9b, and 10. Being only 1.86 miles in length with 12 turns makes the smaller displacement bikes much more competitive against the bigger engines.

Returning Race of the Rockies champions Ryan Burke (GTO) and Shannon Moham (GTU) were both in attendance and ready to defend their titles. On Saturday, Moham fell victim to the fast turn 9b and lost the front end descending the hill. The long slide took him well into the runoff area and ended his participation in heavyweight Supersport. Undeterred, the injured Moham later gridded up and finished the day with impressive wins in middleweight and heavyweight endurance.

On Sunday morning, Race of the Rockies qualifying saw the return of some of the MRA’s fastest racers. Ryan Burke qualified on the pole by busting into the 1:13 lap time range. Other GTO fast qualifiers were Mike Applegate, Dave Lambert, Dan “Otis” Turner, Sean Thomas, Mike Applehans, Ray Thornton, and Nyles Gourlie. For GTU, Moham was able to qualify best with James Hinton, Brian Dobrowolski, Joe Clark, and Dennis Stowers making up the top qualifiers in GTU.

At the start of the race, GTO racer Dave Lambert shot his Kawasaki ZX-10R out of a cannon and convincingly led the first lap only to suffer a thrown chain as he crossed start/finish for the first time. That left Ryan Burke leading with a shadow that would hound him for two thirds of the race in the form of Mike Applegate on his Quik Cycles Yamaha R1M. Applegate was all over the back of Burke almost everywhere usually separated by less than 0.1 seconds. It wasn’t until lap 10 that Burke was able to shake off Applegate enough to open up some daylight. Those two finished 1 & 2.

Behind Burke and Applegate, Mike Applehans and Dan “Otis” Turner had their own score to settle. Applehans put his new All Recycling GSXR1000 in front of Turner’s NoCo Powersports BMW S1000RR for the majority of the race until Turner was finally able to get by Applehans for the remaining GTO podium position.

The still injured Shannon Moham took the GTU lead from the start and settled into a pace behind GTO racer Nyles Gourlie. With a couple of laps to go, Moham got by Gourlie to take the GTU win. Brian Dobrowolski was running in GTU second place for much of the race while being hounded by the liter bikes all around him, causing him no end of grief. Nonetheless, Dobrowolski held onto that position on his Rocky Mountain Kawasaki ZX-6R until a very hard charging Jared Dear got by with only two laps to go. Dear spun some of the best lap times of his weekend on his Quik Cycles Kawasaki ZX-6R to claim second on the GTU podium with Dobrowolski finishing third. For Dear and Applehans, these were their best Race of the Rockies finishes ever!

Finally, some inspired riding was done by three racers this weekend to set new class records. Cameron Lee set the 350 Production Cup qualifying record with a 1:28.436 and the 350 Cup race record with a 1:27.726. Jon Glaefke set the Colorado Class record with a 1:20.245 and Dennis Stowers claimed the Modern Vintage GTU record with a 1:18.259.

Ryan Burke is supported by Dan Burke and the entire Burke family, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires/Race Tire Services, Ben Fox & Fox Performance Engines, Vickery Motorsports, Yamaha Champions Rider School, Superbike Unlimited, Love Tapped by Jenny, Brighton Radiator & Muffler.

Shannon Moham is sponsored by Nordic Nursing, Dunlop tires, Race Tech suspension, Woodcraft CFM, K&N Performance, Vortex racing, GPR dampers, Lockhart Phillips, Vickery Motorsports, Motors by REX, Renegade race fuels, Pit Bull stands, Imperial Sportbikes, Denver n Dakota, Segren's Nectar, MOM, Falicon Crankshafts, Imperial Sportbikes, and CP Carrillo.

The MRA moves to Pikes Peak International Raceway for Round 2 on June 1-2. This is the only time this year that the MRA will be at PPIR and will be holding the Valerie’s Ever After SuperStreet event in conjunction with the normal sprint race program. More information for SuperStreet can be found at https://www.mra-racing.org/superstreet/superstreet-information/

The Motorcycle Roadracing Association is dedicated to promoting safe and competitive motorcycle road racing events for enthusiasts in Colorado and the surrounding area. For more information go to http://www.mra-racing.org/.


Fay Myers Motorcycle World's Race of the Rockies GTO

1. Ryan Burke (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Mike Applegate (Yam YZF-R1M)

3. Dan Turner (BMW S1000RR)

4. Mike Applehans (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Sean Thomas (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Ray Thornton (Yam YZF-R1)


Apex Auto Glass’ Race of the Rockies GTU

1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jared Dear (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Brian Dobrowolski (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)

5. Joe Clark (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Dennis Stowers (Kaw ZX-6R)


Race of the Rockies Championship Overall

1. Ryan Burke (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Mike Applegate (Yam YZF-R1M)

3. Dan Turner (BMW S1000RR)

4. Mike Applehans (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Sean Thomas (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Ray Thornton (Yam YZF-R1)


High Plains Raceway's Ladies of the Rockies

1. Cindy Wulf (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Kerry Attridge (Suz GSX-R600)


Imperial Sportbikes' Amateur GTO

1. Chris Brown (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. TJ Messinbird (Yam YZF-R1M)

3. James Wilkerson (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Mick Derner (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Dan Spurlock (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Mike O’Donnell (Suz GSX-R600)


XL3 Rigging's Amateur GTU

1. Phillip Takahashi (Hon CBR600RR)

2. Mick Derner (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Dan Spurlock (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Matt Neuberger (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Mike O’Donnell (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Andrew Holey


Firestone Walker 805’s Modern Vintage GTO

1. David Lambert (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Dennis Stowers (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Casey Smith (Apr RSV1000R)

5. Phillip Takahashi (Hon CBR600RR)

6. Justin Lamkin (Kaw ZX-10R)


Nite Owl Sports Bar & Grill’s Modern Vintage GTU

1. Dennis Stowers (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Phillip Takahashi (Hon CBR600RR)

3. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Scott Weitmann (Kaw ZX-6R )

5. Aaron Hersh (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Dan Parker (Yam YZF-R6)


Northern Colorado Powersports' Open Superbike

1. Ryan Burke (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Mike Applegate (Yam YZF-R1M)

3. Dan Turner (BMW S1000RR)

4. David Lambert (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Ray Thornton (Yam YZF-R1)

6. TJ Messinbird (Yam YZF-R1M)


Pho 95’s Open Supersport

1. Ryan Burke (Yam YZF-R1)

2. David Lambert (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Sean Thomas (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Mike Applehans (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Chris Brown (Kaw ZX-10R)

6. TJ Messinbird (Yam YZF-R1M)


Modworks’ Solo Endurance Open

1. Chris Brown (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Ray Thornton (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Mike Applehans (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Ryan Burke (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Dolph McVicker


Performance Cycle's Heavyweight Superbike

1. Shannon Moham (Duc 848)

2. Brian Dobrowolski (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Jared Dear (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Dennis Stowers (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Casey Smith (Apr RSV1000R)

6. Joe Clark (Yam YZF-R6)


Legion of Speed’s Heavyweight Supersport

1. Brian Dobrowolski (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Ken Yee (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Joe Clark (Yam YZF-R6)

4. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)

5. Mick Derner (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Jason Martinez (Yam YZF-R6)


Lisa Gaimara With Supreme Lending’s Solo Endurance Heavyweight

1. Shannon Moham (Duc 848)

2. Matt Neuberger (Yam YZF-R6)

3. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Nick Kaplan (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Brett Leveque (Tri Daytona 675R)


Green Tech Auto Body’s Middleweight Superbike

1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Brian Dobrowolski (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Dennis Stowers (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Jared Dear (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Matt Neuberger (Yam YZF-R6)

6. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)


IES Technologies’ Middleweight Supersport

1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Dennis Stowers (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Brian Dobrowolski (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Jared Dear (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Joe Clark (Yam YZF-R6)


Wyeth Homes’ Solo Endurance Middleweight

1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6)

2. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Brian Dobrowolski (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Ken Yee (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Nick Kaplan (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Jared Dear (Kaw ZX-6R)


Spencer Russell Youth Racing's Lightweight Grand Prix

1. Ricky Orlando (Kaw 650)

2. Tyler Valentine (Yam FZ-07)

3. Jon Glaefke (KTM 690 Duke)

4. Joshua Baker (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Chris Coonshead (Hon 500)

6. Brian Jackson (Kaw 400)


Brighton Radiator & Muffler’s Solo Endurance Lightweight

1. Tyler Valentine (Yam FZ-07)

2. Jon Glaefke (KTM 690 Duke)

3. Ricky Orlando (Kaw 650)

4. Joshua Baker (Yam YZF-R3)

5. James Wilkerson (Kaw 650)

6. Chris Coonshead (Hon 500)


Kimco Services’ Solo Endurance Ultralightweight

1. Michael Surratt (KTM 690 Duke)

2. Jason Madsen (Kaw 400)

3. Cameron Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Chris Anderson (Kaw 400)

5. Timothy Thornton (Kaw 400)

6. Justen Behmer (Kaw 300)


John Sims’ SuperTwins GTO

1. Shannon Moham (Duc 848)

2. Casey Smith (Apr RSV1000R)

3. Robb Weins (Duc 999S)

4. Jay Hollman (Apr RSV1000R)

5. Ben Bridgewater (Duc 1199 Panigale)

6. Mark Hellvig (Duc 1299 Panigale )


Alliance Motorsports’ SuperTwins GTU

1. Tyler Valentine (Yam FZ-07)

2. Ricky Orlando (Kaw 650)

3. Jon Glaefke (KTM 690 Duke)

4. Joshua Baker (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Michael Surratt (KTM 690 Duke)

6. Cameron Lee (Suz SV650)


Absolute Michelin & Automotive's Thunderbike

1. Shannon Moham (Duc 848)

2. Dennis Stowers (Tri Daytona 675R)

3. Casey Smith (Apr RSV1000R)

4. Robb Weins (Duc 848)

5. Jay Hollman (Apr RSV1000R)

6. Brett Leveque (Tri Daytona 675R)


Moto Garage's Formula 40 GTO

1. Ryan Burke (Yam YZF-R1)

2. David Lambert (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Ray Thornton (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Justin Lamkin (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Aaron Sherman (Yam YZF-R1 )

6. Jim Wilson (Kaw ZX-10R)


Moto Garage's Formula 40 GTU

1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6)

2. James Hinton (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Nick Kaplan (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Ken Yee (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R)


Rocky Mountain Kawasaki's 500 Production Cup Sat Race

1. Brian Jackson (Kaw 400)

2. Jason Madsen (Kaw 400)

3. Chris Anderson (Kaw 400)

4. Colton Wulf (Hon 500)

5. Bob Halbert (Kaw 500)


Rocky Mountain Kawasaki's 500 Production Cup Sun Race

1. Jason Madsen (Kaw 400)

2. Colton Wulf (Hon 500)

3. Chris Anderson (Kaw 400)

4. Bob Halbert (Kaw 500)

5. Steve Matthys (Hon 500)


Vickery Motorsports’ 350 Production Cup Sat Race

1. Cameron Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Justen Behmer (Kaw 300)

3. Timothy Thornton (Kaw 300)

4. Dan Parker (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Steve Recknor (Kaw 300)

6. Richard Nguyen (Kaw 250)


Vickery Motorsports’ 350 Production Cup Sun Race

1. Cameron Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Timothy Thornton (Kaw 300)

3. Justen Behmer (Kaw 300)

4. Dan Parker (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Todd Gonzales (Yam YZF-R3)


Woody's Wheel Works' Colorado Class

1. Jon Glaefke (KTM 690 Duke)

2. Michael Surratt (KTM 690 Duke)

3. James Wilkerson (Hon CRF450R)

4. Chris Coonshead (Hon 500)

5. Jason Madsen (Kaw 400)

6. Cameron Lee (Yam YZF-R3)


Aaron Petrie’s Supermoto

1. James Wilkerson (Hon CRF450R)

2. Kevin Kurtz (Kaw 500)

3. Hunter Neafus Coonshead (Hon 500)

4. Mike Morrison (Suz RMZ450)


Interstate Honda's Novice GTO

1. Mike O’Donnell (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Phillip Hergenrader (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Patrick Paschall (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Paul Frysig (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. CJ Walker (BMW HP4)

6. Owen Lyke (Hon CBR600RR)


Law Tigers’ Novice GTU

1. Mike O’Donnell (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Christopher Jaech (Tri Daytona 675R)

3. Dan Parker (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Stephen Townsend (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Owen Lyke (Hon CBR600RR)

6. Tyler Hollman (Yam YZF-R6)


Minimoto PB

1. Sean Thomas

2. Justen Behmer

3. Justin Lamkin

4. Robert McNiel

5. Phillip Takahashi

6. Brian Dobrowolski

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